Call to book01904 521 936
Tour Search
#Favourites

Cologne

Cologne was raised to a 'colony' (hence the name), with city status by the Romans in 50 AD, and was later absorbed into the Gallic Empire, becoming the capital from 260-271. The city was highly prized by both of these communities, due mainly to its location on the River Rhine, which placed it at the intersection of the major trade routes east and west, and was the basis of Cologne's growth. In addition to this, several saints were martyred in the city and the relics of the Three Magi were acquired from Milan. Cologne then also became a centre of ecclesiastical importance, as well as a pilgrimage centre, meaning the city continued to prosper in the middle ages as a result. Following a slight decline in the city's fortunes, Cologne experienced something of a renaissance in the 18th century with a recipe involving distilling flower blossoms in alcohol. This 'toilet water' achieved worldwide fame as eau de Cologne.

Although Cologne was badly damaged in the Second World War, the Cathedral survived, and extensive restoration work has since taken place throughout the city. In the modern age Cologne has reclaimed its old role as a major trade and business centre - now a radio and television metropolis, and a beer city, with over twenty breweries producing Kölsch, the distinctive local beer. Whilst in Cologne you really ought to visit the vast Cathedral. The foundation stone was laid in 1248, and it was finally completed in 1880. Called "the mother of all German churches", it is one of the largest Gothic structures ever built, and its size reflects its power - it is the seat of the Primate of Germany. The Cathedral was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996, and today you can see the relics of the Three Magi, and climb the south tower for a spectacular view of the city and the Rhine.

Sightseeing in Cologne
Cologne's Old Town, which has been carefully restored to preserve its pre-war appearance, is also a joy to discover. It spreads from just south of the Cathedral to the bank of the Rhine. Here you can admire the tall and narrow pastel-coloured houses, set out along the Old Town's winding streets, as you wander to the Rhine Promenade for a stroll along the river. There are many traditional brewery taverns close to the Old Town, all of which serve Kölsch beer - brewed only in Cologne. You may wish to visit at least one of these to sample the beer for yourself.

If you have the time to explore further, Cologne boasts an assemblage of both Roman and medieval remains that is unsurpassed in Germany. For example Eigelsteintor, one of the three surviving magnificent city gates, is a short distance north. The other gates, Severinstor and Hahnentor, are further afield but also worth a visit.

Find out more with a free brochure and enjoy weekly travel inspiration and offers in our e-newsletter.

23 results matching: Escorted Rail Tours to Cologne

Filter by
Clear All
Holiday type
Reset
Holiday length
Reset
Theme
Reset
Transport type
Reset
Additional options
Reset
Rhine Gorge
Rail & Cruise
Save £400pp
4.3 stars(121 reviews)
2024JunJulSepOct
2025MayJunJul
8 days from
£1,645 pp
View Details
Save £400pp
8 days from
£1,645
per person
View Details
Tour map
  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
Map and accommodation
Glacier Express & St Moritz
Last 100 Spaces
4.2 stars(73 reviews)
2024AugSepOct
2025MayJunJulAugSepOct
9 days from
£2,795 pp
View Details
9 days from
£2,795
per person
View Details
Tour map
  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
Map and accommodation
Save £400pp
9 days from
£1,695
per person
View Details
Tour map
  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
Map and accommodation
Zell am See
4.3 stars(100 reviews)
2024JunJulAugSepOct
9 days from
£2,095 pp
View Details
9 days from
£2,095
per person
View Details
Tour map
  • DestinationAustria
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
Map and accommodation
Salzburg
Rail & Cruise
Save £400pp
4.2 stars(65 reviews)
2024JunJulAug
2025JunJulAug
11 days from
£1,995 pp
View Details
Save £400pp
11 days from
£1,995
per person
View Details
Tour map
  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
Map and accommodation
Wachau Valley
Fly & Cruise
Save £400pp
2024Jul
2025Jun
8 days from
£1,495 pp £1,095 pp
View Details
Save £400pp
8 days from
£1,495
£1,095
per person
View Details
Tour map
  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportFlight, Rail, Cruise
Map and accommodation
Danube Bend
Rail & Cruise
Save £400pp
4.6 stars(10 reviews)
2024JunJulAug
2025JunAug
11 days from
£1,995 pp
View Details
Save £400pp
11 days from
£1,995
per person
View Details
Tour map
  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
Map and accommodation
The Harz Mountains
4.6 stars(68 reviews)
2025JanFeb
7 days from
£1,395 pp
View Details
7 days from
£1,395
per person
View Details
Tour map
  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
Map and accommodation
Pfalzgrafenstein Castle
Rail & Cruise
Save £400pp
4.8 stars(28 reviews)
2024JunJulSep
2025MayJunJul
8 days from
£1,795 pp
View Details
Save £400pp
8 days from
£1,795
per person
View Details
Tour map
  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
Map and accommodation
Interlaken & the Jungfrau Express in Winter
4.5 stars(39 reviews)
2025JanFebMar
7 days from
£1,795 pp
View Details
7 days from
£1,795
per person
View Details
Tour map
  • DestinationSwitzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
Map and accommodation
Save £200pp
8 days from
£2,195
per person
View Details
Tour map
  • DestinationGermany
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationCruise
  • TransportRail, Cruise
Map and accommodation
Grand Alpine Explorer
4.5 stars(16 reviews)
2024JunJulAugSep
2025AprMayJunJulAugSep
14 days from
£3,895 pp
View Details
14 days from
£3,895
per person
View Details
Tour map
  • DestinationAustria, Germany, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International / London Heathrow
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
Map and accommodation
Our customers love our Cologne tours
Jewels of the Rhine
23/May
STEPHEN Holley
5 stars
“Luxurious boat and wonderful service
Collected by Trustpilot
The Harz Mountains in Winter
30/Apr
Lyn Hobbs
5 stars
“Very good experience which was made excellent by our leader Beverley who ensured everything went smoothly. Interesting visits to medieval towns and good guides at each giving us the history.
Collected by Trustpilot
Classic Glacier Express at New Year
16/Jan
Clifford Smy
5 stars
“Great scenery. Kay, our tour manager, was brilliant.
Collected by Trustpilot
Austrian Alps All-Inclusive
28 Oct 2023
Alan Bowles
5 stars
“We very much enjoyed this mini adventure, The hotel was typically Austrian - good food and comfortable. We liked the tour manager and delighted in the wonderful hotels in Mannheim and Cologne on the journeys. We think that it was a very busy holiday; we realised this I’m advance but good to know.
Collected by Trustpilot
The Majestic Rhine
14 Oct 2023
Robert
5 stars
“Modern boat with competent staff and excellent cuisine. Good balance with excursions and free time to relax and excellent value for money. Helpful and customer focused on board tour manager..
Collected by Trustpilot
First-Class Glacier Express, Zermatt and Matterhorn
10 Oct 2023
Tom A.
5 stars
“It was the best trip we have ever taken. Of course, we have perfect weather throughout the trip, a great group and the BEST Tour Director in Patricia Issac.
Collected by Trustpilot
The Classic Blue Danube
25 Sep 2023
stella lewis
5 stars
“The Amadeus crew looked after us extremely well and the ship was in pristine condition
Collected by Trustpilot
The Romantic Rhine
12 Aug 2023
David Parmley
5 stars
“An excellent itinerary, undertaken at a relaxed and enjoyable pace.
Collected by Trustpilot
Interlaken and the Jungfrau Express in Winter
22/Mar
Cook
4 stars
“5tttttyyyy
Collected by Trustpilot
Latest articles from our journey blog
Behind the Journey: Adrian Müller

Behind the Journey: Adrian Müller

07/09/2023 · By

As part of our 50th celebrations, we meet the people who help make our journeys so memorable. We love working with people who are as passionate about places as we are, creating unforgettable memories during their stay. Adrian Müller embodies this. He is the owner of the oldest hotel in Chur, a historic Swiss town on the route of the Glacier Express and the Bernina Express. Adrian and his team have been welcoming our customers for 18 years.

Read more
Wrapped Up Warm: Packing Essentials for Your Winter Holiday in Europe

Wrapped Up Warm: Packing Essentials for Your Winter Holiday in Europe

24/08/2023 · By

Winter in Europe is a magical time, filled with Christmas markets, snow topped mountains, glaciers, and Glühwein. But winter holidays do require a little more thought when it comes to packing than summer holidays. T shirts and swimsuits are easy, but considering the temperatures and the equipment you might need to make the most of a winter holiday is a bit more in depth. To get the right ratio between having everything you need and packing light for travelling can be tricky, but never fear, here’s our handy guide to packing the essentials for a winter holiday in Europe.

Read more
Breath-taking Vistas: The Top Swiss Train Routes for Winter Sightseeing

Breath-taking Vistas: The Top Swiss Train Routes for Winter Sightseeing

15/08/2023 · By

Renowned for its majestic Alps and stunning landscapes, Switzerland offers an unparalleled experience for winter sightseeing. One of the best ways to explore the beauty of this alpine wonderland is by hopping aboard the country's scenic train routes. Chugging past enchanting villages set against snow-capped mountains and frozen lakes, Switzerland by rail in winter is nothing short of breath-taking.

Read more